A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many major tribes are there in Botswana?

2. In "God and the underdog," why does Bessie say the Klansmen make God a white man with blue eyes?

3. What is the result of the casual sexual practices of the men of Botswana?

4. Bessie feels that the main function of a writer is to communicate what?

5. In "God and the underdog," what do the Ku Klux Klan members discover when they get to heaven?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?

2. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

3. In "Notes on Novels," why is Bessie having difficulty writing about her years in South Africa?

4. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

5. What is Bessie's opinion of Botswana men?

6. What was Bessie's life like during the two years that she lived in the refugee community in northern Botswana?

7. Why does Bessie think of the American woman as some sort of goddess?

8. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

9. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

10. In "Social and Political Pressures . . . ," what astonished Bessie about the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "An unspeakable crime", Bessie expresses her disdain of the Coloured Affairs Department. What are they doing in Port Elizabeth and Capetown that she disagrees with? Describe the actions of the coloureds, whom she feels are accessories to the crime. Are they ashamed of their actions? Should they be? Do you think that they truly don't know their own minds and think that the Coloured Affairs Department knows what's best for their children? Or, do they see the situation for what it is and go along with it because it's the only way to survive?

Essay Topic 2

Khama the Great had a great impact on the history of Botswana. What was his most important accomplishment? Why was he so different? What did he possess that made even the British, stand in awe of him? In a nation of downtrodden people how did he manage to have such strength? How did he retain this and not fall into the doom and despair mind-set of his countrymen? Why did the British give him rights that no black man had ever gotten? Were they not used to seeing integrity and strength in a black man? Do you think that they were afraid of him? What would have been the result for Botswana had he not existed?

Essay Topic 3

When Bessie spent four months in Iowa researching a book, she was surprised to discover that America was not as she had imagined. How did she compare America to the villages of early Europe? Was it easy for her to adapt to life there? Was she able to develop her "all-important" routine there? What did it consist of? What were her thoughts on the university library? What was she surprised and excited to find there? Do you think that Bessie had pre-conceived notions about America? Do you think that her stay in Iowa gave her a broader, more accurate picture of America? How do you think she would have described it and the people after her trip?

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